Ointments for acne on the face

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Last reviewed: 10.08.2022

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Everyone faced acne on the face, so everyone is familiar with trying to find the most effective medicine to eliminate this problem. There are many drugs that can get rid of rashes on the skin and improve its condition. The most popular remedy is ointment from acne on the face.

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Indications of the ointments from acne on the face

Among the indications for use: single or multiple eruptions (acne, acne) of a closed or open type on the skin.

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Release form

Among the most popular ointments from acne, which are produced on the basis of plant elements, are the following: streptocid, sulfuric, salicylic, sintomycin, and also retinoic, erythromycin, Vishnevsky and ichthyol.

Salicylic ointment

Since salicylic acid is one of the main active substances in many medications that help fight problem skin, it is obvious that an ointment based on it will be very effective. Her properties allow her to dry pimples, which contributes to their elimination. To apply ointment it is necessary in the dot method, only on the centers of an inflammation therefore as otherwise a drying of healthy sites of a skin is possible. Another plus of salicylic ointment is that it has whitening properties, which allows it to remove stains left after acne.

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Vishnevsky ointment

Ointment Vishnevsky is very effective in eliminating the symptoms of acne. Among its main components are castor oil, tar, and also xerobes. Among the features of the use of this drug - when applying it is necessary to use a bandage. Even if you are handling a single small pimple, after the procedure, you should close it with gauze, which is fixed with plaster. Also, the mask, which is made by applying an ointment on a sterile gauze dressing, in which holes for the nose and eyes are pre-made, also helps. This method is used when there are multiple foci of inflammation on the face - a mask should be kept for several hours. The ointment helps to draw pus from the wounds and heal small damage. If you use the mask for a long time, you can reduce the scars that remain after removing acne.

Ichthyol ointment

The medicine has anti-inflammatory properties, so it can effectively fight the pustules, provoking the process of their maturation. The main warning before using this ointment is that it needs to be applied point-by-point, in a small amount.

Heparin ointment

In the process of exposure to the skin of the heparin ointment, heparin sodium is released, which eliminates inflammation, acts as a local analgesic, and also has an antithrombotic effect.

Zinc ointment

The ointment is made on the basis of zinc, which helps to quickly and effectively restore the skin. Among the main properties of this drug: antibacterial and drying. In addition, the ointment helps to reduce pore blockage, since it reduces the production rate of sebaceous glands of subcutaneous fat. Healing effect of the ointment allows you to remove sores, wounds and scars that can remain after elimination of acne. Also, the ointment reduces the possibility of scar formation - the areas of redness become lighter. The combination of vaseline and zinc helps to improve the elasticity of the epidermis. Also, the severity of irritation and inflammation decreases.


Zinerite is considered one of the best anti-acne medications. To get the ointment, you need to mix the solvent and powder that are sold in the kit. The composition of the ointment is safe, but it contains erythromycin - a fairly powerful antibiotic. Thanks zinc, which is also present in the formulation, greasy shine is eliminated from the face.

Sulfuric ointment

The main component of the ointment is sulfur, which has antibacterial and disinfecting properties. After falling on the skin, it immediately begins to destroy parasites, germs and fungi. In addition, the ointment regenerates the skin - heals the damage, removes the keratinized epithelium, and also softens the skin.

All the active substances of the ointment penetrate deep under the skin. In this case, a person can feel a slight burning and itching on the treated skin areas - this is a normal reaction.


Baziron is a disinfectant ointment that destroys bacteria that cause the formation of acne. Among the properties of the drug: moisturizing and keratolytic effects, stabilization of blood flow, purification of pores, as well as the so-called scrub effect.

In addition, the ointment exfoliates the keratinized cells, opens the pores and moisturizes the skin. The medicine helps to stabilize the function of the sebaceous glands, which eliminates sebaceous plugs. Reduces skin fat, swelling and redness.

The advantage of this ointment is also that bacteria do not have immunity to it. This is achieved through peroxide, which has such an effect on them.

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Calendula Ointment

Ointment, which is made on the basis of herbs of calendula, gently affects the skin, removes scars and spots that remain after acne. It also contains petroleum jelly, which contributes to the expansion of pores, as a result of which no comedones are formed on the skin. Petroleum jelly prevents penetration of moisture, protects the wound from negative external factors, and in addition restores tissues. In the presence of deep inflamed acne should use the ointment of calendula, since it is she who is able to quickly stop inflammation.

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Retinoic ointment

Continuous use of retinoic ointment can reduce the fat content of the skin. In addition, the ointment has antibacterial properties, because of what it is often used as a means to eliminate acne.

Ointments for acne on the face with an antibiotic

The most popular ointments from acne with antibiotics are preparations of local effects, such as:

  • Skinorene, which contains nonanedioic acid, which has antimicrobial properties. Apply ointment should be on a dry clean skin, gently rubbing it into the inflamed areas. It should be remembered that Skinoren can cause side reactions - peeling, itching or burning.

  • Differin, which copes well with acne. It is necessary massaging the movements to rub the drug into the inflamed place, preferably in the evening, before going to bed. It should be noted that this drug is prohibited during pregnancy and lactation. In case of irritation, the ointment should be discontinued. The effect of using Differin will become noticeable after 2-3 months.

Tetracycline ointment

Tetracycline ointment contains tetracycline, which is an antibiotic with antibacterial properties (destroys strepto- and staphylococci). Thanks to this ointment is used to eliminate acne and acne. The method of applying this medication is slightly different from the others - other ointments need to point point only the focus of inflammation, but tetracycline should be applied a thin layer directly on the skin (sometimes even completely on the entire face).


The main elements of the Levomecol ointment are levomycetin, as well as methyluracil. Among the main properties of this medicine: skin cleansing from pus, healing of damaged tissues, elimination of redness and skin coloring, reduction of swelling, and anti-inflammatory effect.

Synthomycin ointment

Synthomycin ointment is a universal disinfectant that effectively eliminates inflammation, due to which it is often used to treat acne of various localizations. It is very important to observe the dosage - before each new application, cleanse the skin from the previous layer of ointment. The most effective is spot acne treatment.

Hormonal ointments from acne on the face

The most popular and effective hormonal ointments from acne on the face are Triderm and Sinaphlan. These ointments can not be used for a long time because of the development of local skin atrophy. Ointments, due to the complex composition (antibiotic + corticosteroid) can remove inflammation, dry the skin, and also have antibacterial effects. But they also have drawbacks - they usually have a negative effect on the functioning of the internal organs, and in addition they disrupt the metabolism process. Because of this, these drugs, like other hormonal ointments, are recommended only with the appointment of a doctor.

Ointments from spots on the face after acne

To eliminate the spots remaining from acne after their elimination, it is recommended to use ointments made on the basis of nonanedio, salicylic, hydroxyethanoic acid. Among them:

Zinc, salicylic, ichthyol, and also sintomycin ointment. Apply them to the areas of inflammation for 1 hour, then rinse with water. The spots disappear after about 1 week;

Very effective is ointment from badyagi, which is prepared in the following way - to mix 1 tbsp. This powder, as well as 3-5 drops. Hydrogen peroxide (3%). The resulting ointment is applied to acne and left for 15 minutes, after which it is washed off. While the ointment acts, burning sensation is felt, and after the procedure the skin may turn red, so it is better to perform the treatment at night. Thanks to the medicine, the intensity of blood flow increases at the site of inflammation, and in addition skin peels off.

Ointments from internal (subcutaneous) acne on the face

The most effective against subcutaneous acne are the following ointments:

  • Clindovit, and also Dalacin (antibiotics with bactericidal and bacteriostatic properties);
  • Levomekol - ointment with anti-inflammatory, healing and antibacterial properties;
  • Ihtiolovaja, zinc and ointment Vishnevsky - anti-inflammatory antiseptic agents which eliminate a pain, and also quickly clear a skin from pus.

The properties of ointments from acne on the face are examined on the example of retinoic ointment.


This ointment against acne stabilizes terminal cell differentiation, which complicates the process of detritus formation, and epithelial hyperproliferation also slows down. As a result, the production rate of sebum decreases, thereby reducing inflammation in the sebaceous gland and normalizing the skin condition.

Use of ointments from acne on the face during pregnancy

Ointments against acne are forbidden to apply during pregnancy. The only exception is Skinoren, but it can only be used after the permission of the gynecologist, who leads the pregnancy. This ointment should be applied a thin layer of acupuncture to the areas of inflammation several times a day.

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Dosing and administration

Before applying the heparin ointment, it is necessary to clean the skin and treat it with a solution based on alcohol. The application procedure should be carried out twice a day, a thin layer of lubricating the site of inflammation. It should be remembered that during the treatment of acne with heparin ointment, decorative cosmetics should not be used. 

Tetracycline ointment is also applied in a thin layer. For its application, a gauze dressing is used - it is pre-folded in several layers, then processed with a medicine, and then fixed on the face with a patch. This bandage should be kept on the face for 12 hours.

Zinerite is applied twice a day in a uniform thin layer on the skin cleared before it. In the package with ointment there is a special applicator, which simplifies the process of processing - with it, the application is faster.

Retinoic ointment should be applied twice a day to the areas of inflammation, during treatment avoiding getting into the mouth or eyes. The course of treatment can last 4-6 weeks, and, if necessary, it is possible to appoint a second course.

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Contraindication to the use of any ointment is increased sensitivity to individual elements of the drug.

If we talk about particulars, tetracycline ointment can not be used if the patient has problems with liver function or fungal diseases. Ichthyol ointment is prohibited if the skin has recently been treated by chemical cleaning or laser sanding (should be at least 7 days after such procedure), and children under 12 years. Heparin same ointment can not be used for poor blood clotting, open purulent wounds and in case of a sharp decrease in the number of platelets in the blood.

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Side effects of the ointments from acne on the face

Among the adverse reactions to the ointment, symptoms such as itching, scaling or burning are usually observed, and dermatitis or urticaria may develop.

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Interactions with other drugs

Heparin ointment can not be combined with antihistamines, NSAIDs, and tetracycline and thyroxine.

Ichthyol ointment is forbidden to combine with iodides, alkaloids, and also salts of heavy metals.

Retinoic ointment contains isotretinoin, the effectiveness of which, when combined with GCS and tetracycline antibiotics is reduced. It is also forbidden to combine it with ointments retinol, diferin or retasol, because it can cause the development of hypervitaminosis type A. In addition, you can not combine retinoic ointment with other drugs that cause photosensitivity.

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Storage conditions

Store in a dark ointment should dry place at a temperature in the range 15-25 of C.

For retinoic ointment optimum temperature conditions will be 2-8 ° C, and it can not be frozen.

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Shelf life

Ointment from acne on the face is allowed to apply for 2-5 years from the date of manufacture.

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